SECTIONS OF dresser there are A DRESSER decorative veneer panels on the drawers and on the body. Originally they were done in a walnut burl, but over the years the veneer dried, cracked and peeled away. We would have preferred to save the old veneer, but much of it was missing, and what remained was so brittle and delicate that we decided a complete new veneering job was necessary. (This is the kind of choice a furniture restorer has to make all the time. The purist will tell you it is wrong not to save the old veneer and patch it. After all, it is 130 years old, an integral part of the furniture. Part of value of the piece depends on maintaining as much of the original wood as possible. If you decide to patch, see Chapter 5 for instructions.)
Having made the decision to reveneer. we then chose to replace the old walnut burl with a lovely rosewood veneer. We thought the coloring of the rosewood would add a positive dimension to the appearance that a walnut burl did not.
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